Armando Abel Ramirez was arrested last Wednesday and charged yesterday with a felony count of dependent adult abuse related to the death of 19-year-old Hun Joon “Paul” Lee.
Ramirez, a 37-year-old San Bernardino resident, is accused of driving Lee to school on September 11, 2015 and neglected to confirm Lee actually exited the bus, leaving Lee in the bus for an entire day in which the temperature reached around 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
At about the time Ramirez returned to the bus later that afternoon for his second shift, Ramirez was reportedly notified that Lee was reported missing. Lee was found shortly thereafter on the bus, unresponsive. Ramirez called for assistance, but paramedics declared Lee dead at the scene.
Ramirez was a substitute driver on that particular day last September. Prosecutors contend that Ramirez believed Lee had exited the bus for school, but declined to confirm or check. It is reported that Lee was left alone in the bus for nearly 7 hours.
Ramirez’s arraignment is scheduled for April 25. If convicted of the crime charged, Ramirez could be sentenced for up to 9 years in prison.
Lee’s family have also filed a civil lawsuit against the school district and bus agency.
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